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by CoasterComet
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Shockwave Trains
Replies: 7
Views: 8856

Re: Shockwave Trains

^I'm curious about a blue train in 1988 - I was pretty sure they were either red or yellow? From what I heard back then - the 4th train was in an 'accident' on the way to the park. As I remember it, trains stacked most of the time. But even when the ride was new, the line moved fast. The capacity wa...
by CoasterComet
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?
Replies: 10
Views: 10171

Re: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?

I say put it over the entrance of the park :) Have a whole storyboard thing about the rides history, being old (but fun!) technology, etc. NOT with a RIDICULOUS LOOOOONG que like Little Dipper, Please.
by CoasterComet
Sun May 08, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: American Eagle construction vid
Replies: 6
Views: 6562

Re: American Eagle construction vid

Rode red today - flying like a bat out of hell. The ride could still be a top ride, with a little tlc, closer entrance, etc. etc... AE is maintained LIGHT YEARS better than most other SF parks' woodies (GA cyclone comes to mind, so many...) Let all the paint fall off - it doesn't make sense to spend...
by CoasterComet
Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Z-Force Revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 23717

Re: Z-Force Revisited

I remember all the cool commercials when it came out - very 80's! We waited for well over an hour in the hot sun which turned out to be a HUGE headache machine! And you couldn't see over the high seat backs. I'm pretty sure opening year was 1985 as that was a big year for me - the first time I rode ...
by CoasterComet
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?
Replies: 10
Views: 10171

Re: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?

Also, with Whizzer and Little Dipper, it's clear Great America has a nice stake in rides... older rides, history, the integrity that comes with keeping those rides. I think they should expand a little on that. Whizzer needs an ACE plaque or some sort of accolade, in my opinion. Last Friday, I was at...
by CoasterComet
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?
Replies: 10
Views: 10171

Re: Can we petition Great America to bring back Tidal Wave?

Of course we can. Where do I sign, or stand? I think it is a GREAT idea. Bring it back, have all those little 'history boards' (that the park is good at, look at Little Dipper) and tell the story of the ride, where it went, and it's back by popular demand. They could also have information about the ...
by CoasterComet
Fri May 14, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: IT"S GONE! WHAT IS NEXT?
Replies: 21
Views: 20591

Re: IT"S GONE! WHAT IS NEXT?

After riding Whizzer - I mean 'Karate Kid' 2 times today, I can also say that if Whizzer leaves, so do I. Replace the parts, have new parts ordered/made whatever. Update with station brakes and/or mag brakes, but DON'T touch the train design. The ride is perfect. Even with UGLY bright yellow catwalk...
by CoasterComet
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave original commercial
Replies: 3
Views: 5369

Re: Tidal Wave original commercial

Thanks so much Steven! I've waited so long for this!!!

This is great - that's Pat Ast as the professors lovely assistant. She is most famous (I think?) for her role as the Warden Edna (Ed) in Reform School Girls (1986).
by CoasterComet
Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: IT"S GONE! WHAT IS NEXT?
Replies: 21
Views: 20591

Re: IT"S GONE! WHAT IS NEXT?

If Whizzer leaves, I leave.

Not that anyone cares...

That ride is the heart and soul of the park. Make the parts. Overhaul the bolts. Buy reproduction trains exactly the same. Maintain it. Let the trees continue to grow. It's perfect.
by CoasterComet
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: My American Eagle NoLimits POV videos
Replies: 0
Views: 4819

My American Eagle NoLimits POV videos

I hope you enjoy them: http://www.youtube.com/tiggercoaster There is so much that could be added (proper structure, crows nest, brake run tops, etc. etc., there is some 'pumping' in the big helix) but I'm pretty happy with my recreation. I believe it to be pretty true to the real ride. The brake set...
by CoasterComet
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave commercial?
Replies: 0
Views: 4771

Tidal Wave commercial?

Does anyone know if it's anywhere on line?

Who wouldn't love to see it! I remember very well the "I survived the Tidal Wave" cartoonish tee shirts. Alot of the 'bigger' kids had them around the time.
by CoasterComet
Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Gurnee's Sky Trek Tower in the process of new paintjob
Replies: 10
Views: 9920

Re: Gurnee's Sky Trek Tower in the process of new paintjob

I'm so glad someone is alive in this forum! I thought I was the only one, hey everyone, check out my American Eagle thread a couple topics down! I'm glad the tower is getting painted. The CA version looks great! (in pics anyway). I sure would like to see "GREAT AMERICA" on the bottom of the cabin, w...
by CoasterComet
Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: AMERICAN EAGLE - anyone have old pics or layout specs?
Replies: 0
Views: 3145

AMERICAN EAGLE - anyone have old pics or layout specs?

I'm working on a nolimits re-creation of the Eagle and am trying to find old pics of the ride, before the trees were grown up (I know they ain't that big, but I'm trying to do high detail) and maybe some construction pics. I know Robert Cartmell has some great construction pics in his book, but I do...
by CoasterComet
Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: the first moment of GA
Replies: 16
Views: 14911

I remember driving along the I-94 beside the park, with my mom and 2 aunts. I was 7, it was 1980. I waited forever to see the Demon commercial on tv! I knew I wouldn't ride the coasters, but I was totally infatuated with them! I saw the Tidal wave go up the spike and I was freaking out. The first ri...
by CoasterComet
Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: All things American Eagle!
Replies: 30
Views: 19148

Rode Eagle "red side" last night, 2 times. The Eagle has really gotten better over the years. That steel track has done wonders for it. The bad thing is the location of the station.. or the location of the entrance. The park needs to be 'brought up' to the station. Separate queues were fine when the...